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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Life In The Key of C


6 AM, 20 some miles north of Moab, a bachelor in paradise waits on sun and temps to rise enough to straddle his Bad Habit Cannondale and put in some single-track time. Bobbie’s home in Lovely Ouray, working on her second cup of coffee, snug as a bug by the hearth.

It’s been a while…a hundred reasons why. You don’t need to hear them again.

Before she headed home...
I must confess, even though I loathe the oft banal banter, it’s much easier to throw up (metaphorically speaking) a post on In-Your-Face Book and call it good. Where else can one get liked and loved by people they don’t even know? Now if they just added a “Hug” button, well, that’s all an lonely old desert-camped loner needs...that and a faster remote internet connection wouldn't hurt. 

Been pinned down by wind for a couple days; ahhh, springtime in the high desert, gotta love it. Fortunately, my Plaindealer column was (over) due so I got it knocked out and sent while Goldie shook, rattled and almost rolled in gail-force gusts. Today looks good tho. We'll see. I'm getting where I don't trust weather-guessers any further than I could throw them. They look you right in the eye and lie worse than a bought politician. Then temps dropped like a tossed rock, so I broke out the keyboard and proceed to break the silence...along with my eardrums. 


So this is camp. Not bad, eh? 25 minutes and I can be treading up loaves of slick rock (right). Another 15 minutes and I'm wandering Hoo Doo Bobble Head monoliths (left). There is nothing like the back-o-beyond solitude of Arches, a lesser known backdoor to an otherwise over-visited National Park. Passing through the pandemonium of Moab's Jeep Safari Week on the way here, I noticed the entry to Arches was gridlocked...a half mile line of vehicles, inching along slower than a herd of one-legged caterpillars.   





Passing through Monument Valley
Now a flashback, before Bobbie abandoned me, to hike slick rock "loaves" and the canyons in-between... 







15 minutes to Arches Boundary...no waiting in line.











Peace Out, from a high desert, red rock boondock.
Life is still Good!
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18 comments:

  1. I miss Arizona SO much. I have been plagued with writers block as of late, trying to ride this empty wave until it drops me ashore. Missed your words and pics glad to have them back.

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    1. I am quite familiar with that "Demon." Thanks for checking in, Juliet, and reminding me that I'm not the only one...

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  2. I share your feelings re: Moab. It has turned into a living hell of ATVs.......

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  3. Finally so good pictures enjoy. Be safe. Walden creek Rv. Steve.

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  4. Yep...life is still good! Beautiful photos of an area I have never biked, but know really well! Hope Bobbie returns soon!

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  5. I miss your musings and pictures. It is all us office dwellers have sometimes. :)

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    1. I thought those days would never end :(

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  6. Looks like heaven...especially the lack of people!

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  7. Well looks like you have the World on a string and all to yourselves. We always love seeing Sue Bee parked in one of those purdee spots with only Nature as a neighbor. Ye'll we missed seeing more of the Great American West while you continued your rich mans dreams having it all to yourself. The shot with the old tree in the middle was really cool, looked to me like a great place to pitch a tent.
    Ok, stay safe and don't do anything stupid.
    Going to send a separate e-mail today. Don't imagine you have internet out there though.

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  8. I like your backdoor to Arches much better than the front one! Forgettabout Moab anymore. As for the wind, it seems pretty much unavoidable this time of year. Watch out for those predatory mice around there.

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  9. Your photos will have to be my Moab visit this year. We just cancelled our three weeks so we can go play in our new house instead. I will miss heading to Moab but it isn't going anywhere:) Love that formation you found that looks like an old fashion wooden clothespin!

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  10. I knew you'd be back! Please keep posting on the blog since I just don't "get" FB. Be safe and have fun out there by yourself!

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  11. Your way into Arches is so much better! We cancelled our three weeks in Moab as well, to buy the house, go get the stuff out of storage and transport the stuff. We may be done with Moab, the ATVs are just onerous. I am sorry that we had to cancel Torrey - maybe in the fall we can go. The autumn sky is pretty good to see.

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    1. But before Moab turned their backs on self-propulsion and sold out to the Motorheads, it was a most quaint, remote "little town," surrounded by arches, canyon lands, slickrock and clunker mountain bikes with no suspension. Thats the Moab that we fell in love with...married, and then was forced to divorce. It was the 80's, man, when everything was groovy and cool. The times they are a changing...

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  12. For us, Moab is still new. In the 80s we were still climbing the proverbial ladder. We've only experienced Moab and surround for the past couple of years. I think you have to pick your seasons. Go when "they" don't. And, unless you're rich, always boondock.

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    1. Spring and Fall, or else it's too hot or too cold...tho we've experience both since arriving here a couple weeks ago. A perfect day for us is sunny and 59 degrees.

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  13. Well Face Book may be easier but it's crap. Thanks for this way better look at such beauty. Love the back door approach and can't believe you were there during Jeep Safari Week. I think you are brave in that regard but I suppose it helps to know where the back door is. Love the black and white.

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  14. That hike with Bobbie was spectacular! The back door approach to a Nat Park is the best way to get in. We abandoned ship and went elsewhere for Jeep Safari week. Are they trying to drive the rest of us away? We wonder... and I'm glad that you're still wandering so that we can live through your vision!

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